Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Winner of the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by Paul Hoover, CHINOISERIE travels through centuries in poems that carve wonder from ruin, from an illuminated manuscript to New York on the eve of disaster, the Emperor's nightingale to neon aquariums. A sensory flight, intricate in its vision, Ecclesiastic in its hunger, and brutal in its portrayal of a solitude that "could surrender / to the hammer or the flame," this book of curiosities draws inspiration from 15th century masters, Japanese animation, mid-century films, Marguerite Duras, and other sources. Inspired by an art created miles from its origins to become its own translation of landscape, texture, and pattern, CHINOISERIE disrupts boundaries between tribute and theft, reinvention and repetition. It evokes the fanciful as well as a darker potentiality, seeking a language "of pearl and roaring."
About the Author
Karen Rigby is the author of CHINOISERIE (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and the chapbooks Savage Machinery (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and FESTIVAL BONE (Adastra Press, 2004). An NEA literature fellow, she has been published in Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, Best New Poets 2008, and other journals. Rigby is a cofounder of Cerise Press and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.